copperas

noun

cop·​per·​as ˈkä-p(ə-)rəs How to pronounce copperas (audio)

Word History

Etymology

Middle English coperas, from Anglo-French coperose, from Medieval Latin cuprosa, probably from aqua cuprosa, literally, copper water, from Late Latin cuprum

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of copperas was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Copperas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copperas. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

copperas

noun
cop·​per·​as ˈkäp-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce copperas (audio)
: a green hydrated ferrous sulfate FeSO4·7H2O used especially in making inks and pigments
used especially of commercial grades not to be used internally
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